As has been the case every other month so far this year and will remain the case for the rest of the year, the focus is on your relationships and in anything but an ordinary way. Romantic forces will get their turn, but you will have to wait until Venus, planet of love returns to your sign early next month and then for lucky Jupiter to reach your romantic sector in July, kicking off your luckiest year for love in over a decade. Even then the love gods won't shift their focus from your relationships, for this is something they are committed to, right through to November 2015. With the North Node making its first visit to your relationship sector since 1997 and Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos making his longest visit in over 3 decades, the love gods are making a major investment into putting your relationships on the most authentic track. Even Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system, who will normally spend 2 months out of every 4 years updating your relationship needs, spent 3 months here before leaving in early February, only to return late last month. With Mars and Ceres spending the whole month in retrograde motion the doors are open to second chances, to not only recapturing the past but appreciating in hindsight what you're fighting for. It's the North Node's position here that turns this month's Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 15th April into a total lunar eclipse, one that will not only bring relationship matters to a head but bring the elements of fate and destiny into play. Expect some challenges, but any personal and/or relationship tension is more about balance and raising the bar.
As has been the case so far this year and will remain the case for the rest of the year, the love gods are investing all their resources into your relationships with Venus, planet of love doing her best to keep the spirit of romance alive as she moves through the different areas of your chart, not returning to your sign until later next month. Venus begins the month in a competitive part of your chart, but it's her return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 6th April that not only changes everything on the romantic front, but on the relationship front as well. This is an area of your chart that operates through the laws of synchronicity and as Venus is a planet that operates through the laws of attraction, when she returns here they both come into play, setting the scene for some serendipitous moments or encounters as the month progresses. However, this is also good news for your relationships, for this puts Venus at a positive aspect to Saturn, who on the 3rd April completes his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector. On his own since Ceres left late last month, but not before leaving you with a deeper sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, Saturn is now more focused on the long term job of investing into your relationships what you need to get back. With Venus on his team, creating the right moments and Saturn giving you the determination to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to create strong and authentic relationships, this creates a special month for friendship and relationship building. April is destined to be a fairly challenging month, with very few planets not caught up in this. However two planets that aren't caught up in this are Venus and Saturn, with a sense of magic in the air that is giving your relationships an important boost.
You will move into the new month with Venus, planet of love in her final days in an adventurous part of your chart, where she's reminding you that it's all about the journey and while she'll leave on the 6th April, it's a message you need to take to heart from Day 1 and retain for the rest of the month. For with Mars and Ceres both in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, making their longest visit in decades and a total lunar eclipse here on the 15th April, this is a month where literally anything is possible. With Mars stirring up old romantic passions, Ceres giving you a deeper sense of what you want and need from love and the North Node bringing the elements of fate and destiny into play, especially around the time of the lunar eclipse, then anything is possible. While there are some challenging stars this month and this is something that Mars and your romantic situation will get caught up in, especially between the 22nd April and the 25th April, this is more likely to be a case of your excuses being challenged and any balance issues coming to a head. For this is likely to be a time when you're not only dealing with life's demands, but where there is likely to be a higher than normal need to be there for others. When this gets in the way or leaves little time for matters of the heart, then don't expect Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos to lie down and take this, with any tension or challenges more a case of old romantic passions fighting back. The love gods have all their focus on your romantic situation and matters of the heart this month, with the only time your relationships will get any cosmic attention being during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th April to the 16th April.
With Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector since early last month, not turning direct until July and Pluto turning retrograde in your relationship sector on the 15th April, what you should have is a fairly quiet month, where on both fronts it's about review, reflection and making sense of the journey so far. That will be the case on the romantic front and it's here that there is something special developing this month, with Saturn dropping his tough guy and hard taskmaster of the cosmos image. If there are going to be any challenges this month it's on the relationship front, with personal and/or relationship tension something that you need to both accept and respect, without seeing this as a sign that something is broken. We have a very tough astrological confluence of forces this month and at the centre of this is an opposition between Jupiter in your sign and Pluto in your relationship sector, once more putting your personal and relationship needs into conflict. This is such an important time for personal growth that your own personal needs aren't going to bow down to relationship needs, at the same time that your relationships will see this as the challenge it is, to raise the bar and conform. By the end of the month you can expect a personal and/or relationship breakthrough, with something more real and authentic emerging on both fronts. Two of a very small handful of planets that won't be under pressure this month are Venus and Saturn, who form an unlikely alliance when Venus, planet of love returns to an adventurous part of your chart on the 6th April. While your relationships might be under pressure, the spirit of romance will keep things in perspective.
With no planetary activity in your romantic sector this month and none in your relationship sector either once Venus, planet of love leaves on the 6th April the focus not only shifts to the Moon but to the phenomenal line up of forces on the communication front. This is what is going to keep the relationship momentum going. When Venus leaves your relationship sector on the 6th April she not only brings her own month long visit to an end, but a period of planetary activity that began when Mercury, planet of communication returned on the 12th January. During that time the Sun made his annual month long visit, taking you through your annual relationship review and Mercury, who will normally spend as little as 15 days out of any given year here, working to ensure the communication lines are open, not only spent 53 days here but spread out over two visits and time spent in retrograde motion. Venus gave your heart the final voice, with her deeper sense of your relationship needs, on top of the journey you've already been through, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. This is where things will stand when Venus leaves on the 6th April, putting the job of keeping your relationships on track in your hands and this is when the planetary support in your communication sector comes in, with communication key to continuing what the love gods have started. With Mars and Ceres both in retrograde motion in your communication sector and a total lunar eclipse on the 15th April creating an opportunity for a breakthrough, communication becomes the overriding theme this month.
While the focus shifts to your relationships this month, don't expect the spirit of romance or matters of the heart to go down without a fight or for them to go down at all, for they are punching well above their weight this month. Pluto, planet of change and revolution has been on his own in your romantic sector since Venus left early last month, wrapping up her longest visit in over 200 years, leaving you with your clearest sense yet of what you want from love. With Pluto turning retrograde on the 15th April this is the point where the romantic focus should take a backseat, with a chance to review and revise, as is always the case at this time of year. With Venus, planet of love returning to your relationship sector on the 6th April, returning to take over from Mercury when he leaves on the 8th April and then staying on for the rest of the month, this should be the point where a romantic focus is something that is there in the background. However Pluto, revolutionary that he is, is not prepared to be sidelined and under pressure for the majority of the month, from a number of sides, the more you try and put matters of the heart and the spirit of romance to the side, the more they are likely to rebel. Where there are challenges or pressure on the romantic front and with matters of the heart, take heart that it is simply Pluto and the spirit of romance fighting back, refusing to be sidelined. In the meantime, this is a special month for relationship matters, with Venus not only spending the majority of the month in your relationship sector, but with some powerful support from Saturn on the communication front. By the end of the month you should have a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, with communication core to this.
Because relationship forces will dominate this month, not only because of the huge amount of focus the love gods are investing but the nature of that focus, it's even more important to hold onto and capture the spirit of romance in the early days of the month. For when Venus, planet of love leaves your romantic sector on the 6th April, she'll not only wrap up her own month long visit, but a period of planetary activity that began on the 12th January. Once Venus leaves the next planet to return will be Mars, but he won't arrive until December. Even if this wasn't a month where there is a lot of focus on your relationships, it would have been important to hold onto the romantic sentiment, as well as the desires and expectations Venus leaves you with. Yet even before Venus leaves, with the Sun in your relationship sector and your annual relationship review underway, there is a lot of focus on your relationships. This will only intensify once Venus leaves with Mercury, planet of communication returning to your relationship sector on the 8th April, in what is destined to be a case of good timing. While this is just a short visit from Mercury, returning on the 8th April but leaving just 15 days later on the 23rd April, this puts him here during what will be the most critical relationship days of the month. Why this is so important, is that personal and/or relationship tensions are likely to come to a head this month, at the same time that life's other demands are likely to put pressure on your relationships, all coming to a head during the 15 days that Mercury is here. As the smallest planet in the solar system Mercury can't stop pressure between some of the largest and most powerful planets in the solar system, but he can minimise the impact and turn it into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough, by the support he's able to provide to ensure the communication lines remain open.
There is no doubt that April is destined to be the most challenging month of 2014, so much so that it's predicted that 80 percent of 2014's challenges will be over by the end of the month. This makes it intense at the time, but gets a lot of things out in the open, resolved and over and done with. However, while matters of the heart and your relationships might suffer some collateral damage from this and if there are pre existing problems or challenges they might be exacerbated for the most part they are immune from this and therefore need to be protected. Venus, planet of love is one planet who is not being affected by this month's challenging conditions, both in her position in your home and family sector in the early days of the month and especially so when she returns to your romantic sector on the 6th April, where she'll spend the rest of the month. There she'll not only have the support of Neptune and Chiron, who will both nurture the spirit of romance and create some special magic, but the support of Saturn as well. This will make the spirit of romance an antidote to life's stresses, but also something that needs to be protected. Venus will return just 2 days before Mercury leaves on the 8th March, where he's been working to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. Even the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 20th April will see your annual relationship review take place away from this month's challenges, allowing you to quietly get on with the job of looking more objectively at your relationships. Mercury, planet of communication's return on the 23rd April will provide the resources to ensure the communication lines are open. Any doubts that the love gods are on your side will be dispelled by a solar eclipse in your relationship sector on the 29th April, one that creates an opportunity for some major new beginnings.
The focus is always on matters of the heart at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of April in your romantic sector, but it's been a long time since you had the support you have this year or the pressure from having the bar raised. While both you and the Sun have become accustomed to finding Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected here, for here from 2010 to 2019 this is now part of the romantic makeup, there is something different this year. When the Sun returned to your romantic sector last month it was to find the South Node here, bringing the elements of fate and destiny into play and a strong connection to the past, for the first time since 1997. Your romantic sector is one of the areas of your chart that are caught up in this month's pressures, under pressure from Jupiter and Pluto on two sides and between the 22nd/25th April from Mars, in opposition. Yet this is the kind of pressure that is all about raising the bar, demanding something authentic and is also about balance. With life's other demands all fighting for your attention, instead of matters of the heart and the spirit of romance rolling over, it's going to fight back, turning tension and pressure into motivation. The biggest support will come from the smallest planet in the solar system, with Mercury returning to your romantic sector on the 8th April and his position here until the 23rd April providing the support needed to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. Further support will come from Venus, planet of love, in your communication sector until the 6th April. As long as the communication lines not only remain open but you're able to speak from the heart, this creates the potential for a real breakthrough and a gateway for next month, with May destined to be the reward on the other side.
First impressions are unlikely to be good, with no planetary activity in your romantic sector and a lot of relationship tension and pressure. Yet you know what they say about first impressions, for rather than abandon you the love gods are completely on your side, in both subtle and more direct and obvious ways. There is nothing you can do to stop personal and/or relationship tensions coming to a head and you don't want to, for at the crux of this is an opposition between lucky Jupiter in your relationship sector and Pluto in your sign, coming to a head just as life's other tensions come to a head. While this will be felt to some degree or other for the majority of the month the most intense part of this will centre on the period from the 16th April to the 24th April. This is simply relationship forces going head to head with your own personal needs, with a collision between the two forcing you to both raise the bar and become more real and authentic on both fronts. The subtle support will come from Venus, planet of love, whose return to your communication sector on the 6th April and position here for the rest of the month is giving you the means to ensure the communication line are open, in a way that is being supported by the love gods. The more direct and obvious support will come when the Sun returns to your romantic sector on the 20th April, followed by Mercury on the 23rd April. This is right in the heart of the toughest part of any personal and/or relationship tensions, bringing the spirit of romance into play just when you need it most. As relationship tensions ease the romantic spirit will only increase, culminating in a solar eclipse on the 29th April. Everything will be out in the open by the end of the month, opening up to May, a gateway month into the best romantic and relationship months of the year.
All eyes are on Venus, planet of love and especially in the early days of the month, who is busy defining your personal, romantic and relationship desires and expectations before leaving your sign on the 6th April. Venus was late returning to your sign this year due to her retrograde phase in a nostalgic part of your chart, returning 2 weeks after your birthday month had run its course. This saw Venus call 'foul', rightfully arguing that your heart had yet to have its say when it comes to your intentions for the coming year and especially when it comes to matters of the heart and your relationships. By the time Venus leaves on the 6th April she will have spent exactly a month here, nearly a week longer than she normally would and if she's doing her job you'll have a hard job accepting what your heart is telling you. But the advice is to humour it and adopt some blind faith and especially on the relationship front, with Venus leaving you with the desires and expectations that seem too out of bounds to be a realistic possibility. But Venus is charged with cementing the desires and expectations that will provide a framework for the next 12 months and she knows what you don't, that in July lucky Jupiter will return to your relationship sector, kicking off your most auspicious relationship year in over a decade. Though not in the same league, Venus also knows that in May the first romantic support of the year will kick in, when the Sun and Mercury return to your romantic sector. In the early days of the month in particular, Venus is focused on what's possible and getting your heart to look to the future, with blind faith in what it's telling you. In just a few months time your most important relationship year in over a decade will begin, making it important to work with the extreme amount of focus on communication this month.
In a case of better late than never Venus, planet of love finally returns to your sign on the 6th April, over 2 weeks after your birthday month ran its course last month. This is not only going to give your heart the final say in your intentions for the coming year, but when it comes to matters of the heart and from your relationships. Once she returns on the 6th April Venus will stay for the rest of the month and not leaving until early next month she'll play an important role in offsetting this month's challenges and pressures. However, until she returns to your sign on the 6th April, Venus is in the final stages of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane that in some form or other has been in play for the last 5 months. This began when Jupiter turned retrograde in your romantic sector on the 5th November, a trip that ended on the 6th March, the same day that Venus returned to a nostalgic part of your chart to continue what Jupiter started. A preoccupation with the past will only come to an end when Venus returns to your sign on 6th April, where she'll support Jupiter in what could be a tough month for the planet of luck and expansion. Under pressure from an opposition with Pluto from the 16th April to the 24th April and from other sides for the majority of the month, this is providing the wakeup calls needed to ensure you're not asleep at the wheel, challenging your excuses and where you're not giving matters of the heart a fair deal. With May through to July the best romantic months in over a decade, it's no wonder the love gods are putting on the pressure this month. Support from Venus will peak on the 18th/19th April, allowing you to see any challenges and pressures for what they are. This isn't about giving up on love and is more a case of love and the spirit of romance demanding that you don't give up on it. It's in the later days of the month that you'll receive support that will help ensure the communication lines are open.